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ZOOM R24

ZOOM R24

3.75 3.75 out of 5, based on 7 Reviews

mixer digital recorder, portable


28th February 2017

ZOOM R24 by ZipSnipe

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 3 out of 5
  • Features 3 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 3.75
ZOOM R24

Ok I bought this awhile back for two purposes. One was to take it around and record sounds with it. The other was to use it was mixer for my small electronic setup. While I have since decided to go a different route with on the go recordings(something smaller) I do use it as a mixer. A job it does well, has decent effects, I am still trying to decipher if effects can be synced to BPM, don't think it will as there is no midi unless it goes through the usb. Would be sweet if it did.

I have only recorded a simple track on it just to make sure it can record and it does , its main job is a mixer.

Audio interface, here is where I was sooo mad I called Zoom and actually spoke with the engineer that designed it and left him speechless. When they designed the interface part of it they were extremely lazy. Example none of the faders, switches , knobs can control the volume of the computer coming in. It bypasses all the R24 hardware and goes straight to your speakers. To turn the PC volume down you will have to go in your sound manager and do it that way. It will interface with Cubase and then it will control volume but I don't use Cubase so that sucks.

Oh the big kicker , the adapter simple fell apart upon gently unplugging it from an outlet, I was flabbergasted !!!!! I usually can fix anything, but this was just unfixable the plastic was so thin like eggshells so there is nothing to adhere the prongs to :-(

Aaahh for the price I got it at, I can't complain, it works well as a mixer and I like it

27th April 2018

ZOOM R24 by weenhillage

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 1 out of 5
  • Features 3 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 3 out of 5
  • Overall: 2.75
ZOOM R24

I felt the need to review this. I don’t often do reviews. I got the r24 simply to use as an interface. It may sound silly because it’s primarily for standalone recording but I had a very hard time finding a multitrack recording interface online that was either still available or not waaaay out of my price range. I needed multitrackimg for my DAW so I got this.

The drivers are a headache. It took me hours to get it working with my DAW and I have used it for some recordings but the drivers are still messing with me and my PC. It freezes my computer all the time, puts it in boot loops and even gave me a blue screen once. I’m constantly sitting down excited to make music only to have it freeze my high end computer.

Keep that in mind. If you don’t plan on using it as an interface I am sure you’ll enjoy it as it’s loaded with features.

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18th May 2018

ZOOM R24 by deberney

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
ZOOM R24

I have been using Zoom recorders for the past 15 years(?) and use my Zoom recorders more than anything else in my studio. I’ve used the Zoom H4n and Zoom R16 for years until replacing them a few years back with the Zoom H5 and Zoom R24.
My most rewarding recordings are when I sit down and just play without having to worry about the DAW settings/configuration. With any of the Zoom products I can just plug in a mic, guitar, iPhone, hit play and record. They always work, they always record what I think is being recorded and they always sound great.
I can take the Zoom recorders anywhere with either battery or electricity and not be limited with any recording that I want to do.
Zoom support (at least in the USA) is great. I’ve had to call a few times for instructions on multitrack recording issues. The phone was answered by a technician and all of my questions were always answered to my satisfaction without having to go through a phone menu system and/or being transferred to several different depts.
I do video product demo’s - setup configurations for www.youtube.com/c/deberney and use my Zoom R24 extensively for demo audio on equipment (mixers) as I can record all equipment outputs on separate channels for an exact representation of the audio capabilities of each unit I’m testing for each demo.
I’ve also used all my Zoom products for USB recording and after downloading the Zoom driver I don’t have any problems with setup on my Mac or PC’s. The recordings tend to be a bit warmer and not quite as crisp as the recordings from a Focusrite Scarlett, but they can do in a pinch when the DAW isn’t available.
I have a playlist setup for HOME RECORDING and have used either the Zoom H5 or the Zoom R24 to record all of the mixer demos. HOME RECORDING

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1st February 2019

ZOOM R24 by soundbuilder

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 3 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 3.75
ZOOM R24

I've been using for about 1 year now. I bought 2 units and sync for 16 channels of tracking. I always set to 24 bit lens and go with 32G chip.
Using as stand alone recorder. Using various high end pre-amps to feed into the inputs.
Results have been good. 1 machine failed during tracking session and had to send back to factory. It was slightly out of warranty so had to pay $ 250 for repair, wasn't thrilled with that.

Things I like
* seems to caputure pretty much what I put into it
* light and portable, good for live work or remote recording
* seems to not hog chip space even at 24bit
* pretty easy to figure out how to run
* easy to back up files to PC

Things I don't like
*rotary wheel seems to be touchy and often turns things on/off when I don't what it to
* faders feel cheap, and they kind of are, worried they will fail
* no insert points for outboard gear
* only 2 outputs per machine, with a 3rd if you cheat using the metronome output for a 3rd channel
* automation would be nice
* fx send and returns

For the money, it's hard to complain too much, I'm tracking 16 channels at once.

Some recent basic demos can be found here, only used a few channels

Lucy Lowis | ReverbNation

12th April 2019

ZOOM R24 by andydepressant

  • Sound Quality 3 out of 5
  • Ease of use 1 out of 5
  • Features 2 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 3 out of 5
  • Overall: 2.25
ZOOM R24

I bought a Roland BR800 back in 2003.

It has better reverb, better amp models, is SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO much easier to use - I literally never looked at the MANUAL... Oh yes, and the bass simulator on the Roland functioned and didn't sound like discordant ass... I donated it to my school because only having a CD burner output was annoyingly impractical in 2018.

What else? Oh yeh there was never random noises in the signal chain.

But I bought this piece of wet **** in 2019, thinking it would be nice to be able to loop and sequence. I also thought in the last decade a lot of the technology would have improved. I was wrong. The sequencer is painful to use. The layout of the effects is convoluted and the persistent counterintuitiveness of literally every single process down to just hitting the ****ing record butting and getting nothing... I can't believe this is the finished product.

The only reason I would keep this is the 8 inputs. I'm ****ing embarrassed to own it. I feel like they've made a complete fool of me.

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8th August 2020

ZOOM R24 by Mikethedrumkit

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
ZOOM R24

Own Pro tools and some very high end gear. But wanted to find something to just kinda track some ideas with. Try out different parts and kinda fit different ideas together without really having to worry about the quality or “the perfect take”. Just write and go. I Decided I’ll buy this zoom r 24 to always have plugged in to track ideas for demos until I have 12 good songs ready to go. Then jump back into the Daw high end world and concentrate more on sound quality. So I spend some of my COVID time learning the Zoom R24. Didn’t take to long from some YouTube videos and the owners manual. And I couldn’t be happier. Who knew. This recorder has made writing and tracking so much fun. I love it. Spent an entire day getting a song done. And at the end I was smiling ear to ear. Thought I haven’t had this much fun since I went to school for audio engineering in 2003. Swap tracks, automatic punch in. BRILLIANT! Great product. If it came in a high end 10-15k recorder with same functionality but higher end mic pres and converters. I would ditch the computer editing and just capture the performances with punching in. Only had it for 3 months so I don’t know about long term built quality. But I’ve been using it pretty hardcore for the time I’ve had it. Not interested in the beat sampler or connecting it to a daw.

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21st August 2020

ZOOM R24 by jukeboxjoe

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
ZOOM R24

While I still edit in a DAW, I prefer to track DAW-less. The R24 is a minimalist dream come true for me.

Pluses: undo, auto punch in, preamps are fine (though I give my condenser mics a boost with some RNP's on the way in, which helps), fun effects (including mastering), and just overall fun. This machine makes me want to record way more than firing up a computer based DAW and using a keyboard and mouse.

Minuses: the combo inputs on the back grab your quarter inch plugs way too tightly, making it exceedingly difficult to pull them out. Also, the drum machine samples are bad enough that I have to use a separate drum machine. I've loved Zoom's MRS recorders and their built in drum sounds. I don't know why they downgraded to such cheap sounds, as it literally ruins the whole built in drum machine thing for me.

Overall: drum machine waste aside, I love everything else about it. I love the 3-bank layout which keeps the form factor so slick. It's incredible that this thing does 24 tracks, and most importantly, it sounds great (a step up in audio quality from the MRS series). My studio never looked so neat.

You can record end to end with this thing if you want to, but you really don't have much in the way of editing (track swapping, file trimming and dividing, built in effects and auto punching in), so once I'm done recording, I'll pop out the SD, copy the audio files to my DAW and edit away. Sometimes I'll finish out of the box, other times I'll put the edited audio back in the box to use the built in effects, and for simpler demos that don't require much editing, I'll just do the whole thing in the box. You can really produce some great recordings that no one would guess was done on such a small and relatively inexpensive device.

 

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